Spend a relaxing time in this iconic seaside town, visit Highcliffe Castle, Russell Cotes Museum, and enjoy an early Christmas with all the trimmings!
Day 1 (CHRISTMAS EVE): Making our way through Hampshire and the New Forest, we have a stop in Lyndhurst where you will be able to get lunch. We continue to our hotel in Bournemouth to be greeted with tea and cake. There is a mulled wine drink reception before carols and our candlelit dinner, which is followed by entertainment.
Day 2 (CHRISTMAS DAY): This morning we visit Christchurch, with time to explore and possibly visit the Abbey. We then visit Highcliffe Castle for a light lunch in the Castle Kitchen Tearoom. Have a look around this magnificent grade 1 listed mansion on the Dorset cliffs and, although the contents have been lost to fire, the guides in the various rooms bring the history of the inhabitants to life. We return to our hotel for mince pies. We have a traditional Christmas Dinner before our evening entertainment.
Day 3 (BOXING DAY): This morning we visit the Russell Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, an exotic seaside villa on the cliffs overlooking Bournemouth. It is filled with amazing objects from around the world and an astounding collection of high Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art. The afternoon is free and there will be afternoon tea and cake served at our hotel followed by a Christmas quiz. There will be more entertainment after our evening meal.
Day 4 (NEW YEAR’S EVE): A day at leisure to relax in the hotel or explore Bournemouth. Alternatively, join your driver on an excursion to Shaftesbury. Afternoon tea and cake is served at our hotel with bingo at teatime. This evening’s Gala New Year’s Eve Dinner is followed by music for dancing!
Day 5 Departing mid-morning, we travel the short distance to Wimborne, before making our way back to the local area and meeting our taxis.
Our family-run three-star hotel is situated on the East Cliff, with awardwinning garden frontage and terraces overlooking the bay. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to all floors but not all rooms can be accessed with no stairs.